Last Halloween the news broke that an adaptation of Stephen King's CELL was finally moving forward, with John Cusack starring and King himself penning the screenplay with Adam Alleca (THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT). All the project needed was a director... Well, King fans, today it has found one.
Screen Daily reports that Tod Williams (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2) will sit in the director's chair for CELL. Williams will be the third director attached to the adaptation, after Eli Roth and John Harrison failed to bring it before cameras.
The film begins shooting in May. Cargo Entertainment is producing.
Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his comic book project. His joy at finally hitting it big is shattered by an event called The Pulse which causes all those who were using their cell phones at the time of The Pulse to become zombies attacking and killing anyone in their way. Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a cell phone. In the panic to get out of Boston and find his way home to his wife and son in Maine, he is joined by Tom McCourt, a man he meets in the meleé immediately following The Pulse and a young girl, Alice, who they rescue from being killed by one of the “crazies.” The story follows their terrifying journey, avoiding capture—and worse—by the “crazies” who are beginning to “flock” and are led by one they call Raggedy Man as they attempt to reach Maine and a place called Kashwak which they hope will be their salvation.
Williams has also been attached to THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER since 2011, but there's been little visible movement on that flick.
Williams' wife, Gretchen Mol